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Research Project

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and the
University of California, Irvine (UCI) Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center



The Partnership for Cancer Health Disparities Research is comprised of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and the University of California, Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCI-CFCCC).  The Partnership will fund a sixth pilot research project that addresses cancer health disparities in spring 2016.

You are invited to submit an application for a pilot research project that is responsive to the Partnership’s goals. The project may be in any research discipline – e.g., basic, clinical, prevention, control, behavioral, community-based participatory, or population. The Partnership particularly encourages minority investigators from both institutions to apply and to involve minority students in the projects.  One project will be selected based on the criteria listed below. 

Review Criteria:   Proposals must:

  1. Be of high scientific merit.
  2. Include at least one investigator (co-leader) from each institution.
  3. Relate to some aspect of cancer health disparities.
  4. Include a mentoring and training plan for early stage investigators and students.
  5. Describe plans to develop the project into an extramural grant proposal (i.e., R21, R01).
  6. Use the PHS 398 form format and limit the Research Strategy Section to no longer than six pages.  If an early stage investigator is involved, a two-page description of a training/mentorship program for the investigator will also be required. 

Concept Paper:  For investigators who do not have an established working relationship with a faculty member at the other campus, the first step of the application process will be submission of a one-page concept paper by an investigator at CSUF or UCI.  The concept paper should include the name of the project, the name and experience of the investigator, the research hypothesis and aims, how the research addresses cancer health disparities, and a brief summary of the methods.  Upon receipt of the concept paper, the Partnership’s PIs and members of the  Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) will attempt to identify a Co-Leader at the other campus.  Once that is accomplished, the PIs will facilitate meetings between the investigators to develop a pilot research project proposal.

If you already have a working relationship with an investigator and plan to revise and resubmit a proposal to the Partnership, a concept paper is not necessary.  However please send an email indicating that you plan to resubmit.

Review Process:  The IAC will conduct reviews of the pilot projects.  The IAC is made up of senior faculty members at CSUF and UCI.  If IAC members do not have the appropriate scientific expertise, ad hoc reviewers will be solicited.  The reviewers will prepare written critiques using the NIH scoring system (1-9) for scientific merit. Applicants will be asked to provide written responses to the critiques.  After prioritizing the proposals, the IAC will forward them to the Partnership’s Executive Committee (EC) for a final funding decision.

Funding Available: Up to $50,000 ($25,000 for each campus) in combined direct costs is available for one year.


November 16, 2015: 
Concept papers due (format attached)
November 17, 2015: Concept papers reviewed
December 1, 2015: Investigator match with Co-leader from other campus completed
January 11, 2016:   Pilot project proposals due
January 28, 2016: Proposal review by the IAC
February 5, 2016: Written feedback provided to Co-Leaders
February 19, 2016: Revised proposal(s) due
February 26, 2016: Final selection of one pilot project
March 7, 2016: Project start date

Please email the concept papers and pilot project proposals to the Program Managers at each campus:

Program Managers: Sandy Bennett at sabennett@fullerton.edu and Brian McClendon at bmcclend@uci.edu

Please feel free to contact the PIs if you have any questions.

Principal Investigators: Sora Park Tanjasiri, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. stanjasiri@fullerton.edu and F. Allan Hubbell, M.D., M.S.P.H. at fahubbel@uci.edu

This pilot research project funding is made available through the support of the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, grant number P20CA174292-04 and the UC Irvine School of Medicine Hubbell Research and Education Fund.






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